07/23/2012 10:41AM

Del Mar: Norvsky looking to repeat in California Cup

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Rafael Bejarano guides Norvsky to his second straight victory in the California Dreamin' at Del Mar on Sunday.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Similar to his champion stablemate Acclamation, Norvsky has proven very good at defending titles in stakes races.

Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, won the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes for the second straight year on Saturday. Earlier this year, he won the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap for the third consecutive year.

Not to be completely overshadowed, Norvsky defended his title in the California Dreamin’ Handicap for California-breds on Sunday. After the race, trainer Don Warren said the California Cup Classic at Santa Anita in October is a goal for Norvsky. Of course, he won the race last year.

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The Cal Cup Classic was run over 1 1/8 miles on turf for $175,000 last year, but the conditions of the race have yet to be confirmed for the 2012 running.

Norvsky may have another start before the Del Mar meeting ends on Sept. 5. Last year after the California Dreamin’, Norvsky finished second by a nose in the Brubaker Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf. This year, the race is run over a mile on the main track.

As a substitute, Warren may consider running Norvsky in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile, a Grade 2 on turf, on Aug. 26. On the same day, Acclamation is scheduled to start in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic.

Owned by Bud and Judy Johnston and Robert Riggio, Norvsky won the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita last January.